2-step cleaner brightens up, de-grimes dishwasher

2-step cleaner brightens up, de-grimes dishwasher

Like last week’s post about cleaning your washing machine, this week I tested a similar process for cleaning your dishwasher. I did not have a dishwasher when I was little, so when I moved in to my current apartment it was a new convenience for me. It really is one of the greatest inventions I’ve used in a while, but after two years of dishes I realized my dishwasher was starting to look a little dingy.

Finish brand sells a dishwasher cleaner that costs about $4. I have never used it so I can’t vouch for how it works, but I figured I’d try the non-chemical way to clean my dishwasher first. The post I found on Pinterest says to put a dishwasher safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of an empty dishwasher, and then run the longest cycle with the hottest water. According to the post, the vinegar will help wash away the greasy grime, will sanitize the compartment, and will help remove any odd smell emanating from the dishwasher.

After the cycle is complete, you sprinkle a cup of baking soda around the bottom of the compartment and run it through a short cycle. According to the post, the baking soda will help freshen and remove stains.

My dishwasher wasn’t extremely dirty when I decided to clean it, but the baking soda really did brighten up the inside (I didn’t even realize it looked stained!). My dishwasher didn’t have an extremely bad smell, but once I cleaned it, it smelled a lot fresher than before. The one issue was the drain at the bottom. I hadn’t noticed the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher before, but as I was sprinkling the baking soda around the bottom of the compartment, I noticed my drain was a little grimy. Neither the vinegar nor the baking soda did much about that, so I had to clean that off with a scrubby brush, but that took me less than 30 seconds.

Also, I used the opportunity to clean by the door seals and hinges, and the outside, and now my slightly-dated dishwasher looks pretty and clean!

Pinterest do or don’t? My dishwasher wasn’t that dirty, so this chemical-free cleaning option did what I expected it to do — wash off a little greasy grime and brighten up the look and smell of the compartment. If you have an extremely dirty and grimy dishwasher, cleaning it might be better left to a store-bought option. If you have used the store-bought dishwasher cleaning options what did you think of them?